Penola Conservation Park

Where is it?: Penola Conservation Park is about 12km W of Penola at the corner of Rifle Range Road and Clay Wells (Robe-Penola) Road.

Owner: Department for Environment and Water.

Property summary: Total area 227 hectares. Hundred of Monbulla – Sections 255 and 2561.

Landscape Management Region: Limestone Coast

History: The park was first proclaimed as Penola National Park on 10 September 19702. It was reproclaimed as Penola Conservation Park on 27 April 19723.

Habitat: Vegetation on the dunes is a woodland or open woodland of Brown Stringybark (Eucalyptus baxteri). The flats associated with the wetlands support a River Red Gum (E. camaldulcnsis) woodland over annual grasses and herbs and scattered shrubs. There·are also isolated stands of Swamp Gum (E. ovata) and Rough-barked Manna Gum (E. viminalis subsp. gnetensis) on the edges of the wetter areas. In the north west of the park is a large area of low heath which is periodically inundated. Water-ribbons ( Triglochin procerum) and Yellow Marsh-flower (Villarsia reniformis) grow in the wetlands. 4                                                                       ·

More information: NPWSSA

Total Species Recorded to Date: 116 (non-passerines 55, passerines 61)

Common Species: Common Bronzewing, Laughing Kookaburra, White-browed Scrub-wren, Brown Thornbill, White-throated Treecreeper, Little Wattlebird

Less Common Species: Brolga, White-bellied Cuckooshrike, Baillon’s Crake, Tawny Frogmouth, Superb Fairywren, Buff-rumped Thornbill

1 Department for Environment and Water. (2019). Protected Areas Information System. Property Summary Report. 30 March 2019. p. 86.  

 2 Government of South Australia (1970). National Parks Act, 1966: Hundred of Monbulla—Penola National Park Declared. The South Australian Government Gazette. 40: 1103. (10 September 1970). 

 3 National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972. (SA). sch 4: 3. 

 4 Small Parks of the Lower South East Management Plans. 1990. Department for Environment and Heritage, Adelaide, Australia. 

Updated: 27/07/2021


Download the bird list